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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 07-16-2016 04:38 PM 387 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2016 04:38 PM

Have any LJs seen or built a workbench that also doubles as a job site saw station?

I realize that most people here have the space for a table saw that is separate from their workbench. I really don’t and am thinking about whether I can make something more multi-functional.

I’m imagining a bench that can hold my table saw with expanded rip space and also double as a router table. There’d be a breakdown outfeed extension. The outfeed could double as a table top that would go on top of the table saw (fence would have to be stowed) when the blade is down, making it into an assembly table/workbench.

Am I kidding myself about how well this would work?


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#1 posted 07-16-2016 06:31 PM

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 06:40 PM

Rent vent, that is awesome. Thank you!

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 08:15 PM

The above bench is designed by Ron Paulk. Another one to check out is designed by Drew Short or Rock n H Woodshop.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 08:15 PM

Drew Short: http://lumberjocks.com/dshort824

He also has a YouTube channel.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 01:46 PM

So I’ve set off on a pretty good plan and will update as it progresses.

I built a small version of the FWW “rock solid” work bench earlier this year in the largest dimension that would fit in my shed/shop – 48×24.

Inspired by the Paulk design I planed some two by fours and mounted black pipe underneath the bench. On my Bosch job site saw I had purchased the out feed extension. I removed the end, leaving the steel extension rods which I can then slide into the black pipe in its fixed location. The saw is positioned just above the bench service such that the miter gauge and sleds exit without contact.

The extension rods go through a mount that is part of the saw’s metal body hence pretty secure.

There is some sag on the saw. I plan to address this with a $30 beefy adjustable leg from Ikea. I can screw this to the underside of the plywood I will attach to the saw bottom and fit with a secondary dust port. The extension leg will work nicely as I position the table in the shed with the saw extended outside (one height) or move the bench out into the hardscaped yard (a different height). The IKEA leg is made to support a large wall mounted table with a single leg so I expect this will be stable.

Will update with pictures as I progress. Went kite surfing yesterday so the tools remained in the shed. :-)

If this works out I will set up the other end to accept my Bosch router table with pull out supports.

Oh, I drilled and tapped the black pipe to accept thumbscrews to secure the rods.

I need to replace the retention clips on the extension rods. The stock ones were too big to enter the pipe. I will probably use the string wrap technique I used on the handle of my mallet as shown on the I can do that series on YouTube.

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